Movie reviews

Thursday, August 10, 2000

These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend. Check daily listings for show times. Capsule reviews are from wire services and staff reports.

The Replacements

Keanu Reeves plays quarterback to a group of replacements called in when pampered football stars go on strike. Gene Hackman coaches them in this raucous comedy. The climactic game is with Dallas.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Autumn in New York

Playboy Richard Gere falls for Winona Ryder, who's not only decades younger but also has a terminal ailment. Manhattan, Richard and Winona are all bound to be prettily photographed.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Sunshine

Ralph Fiennes tackles triple roles in this powerful, ambitious saga that tracks three generations of a Hungarian Jewish family as they're buffeted by the tumult of the 20th century. Directed by Oscar-winner Istvan Szabo, and co-starring Jennifer Ehle, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, James Frain and William Hurt.

� Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

Bless the Child

Kim Basinger fears that her niece could be kidnapped by a satanic cult. Jimmy Smits and Christina Ricci co-star.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood directs and stars with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner as codgers recruited by NASA to save a damaged '60s satellite that's heading for Earth.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Jesus' Son

Alison Maclean's episodic story of a junkie and drifter is based on the Denis Johnson short stories, a very eccentric pilgrim's progress set in the '70s. It features remarkable performances by Samantha Morton and Billy Crudup as the narrator and most improbable hero and most winning loser.

� Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

Hollow Man

In Paul Verhoeven's gritty, sexy remake of "The Invisible Man," Kevin Bacon plays an arrogant scientist who injects himself with an invisibility serum. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are puzzled colleagues.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Coyote Ugly

Aspiring songwriter Piper Perabo winds up with an intriguing day job in an outrageous bar run by sexy young women.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda star in this part-animated, part-live action version of the popular children's tale. A young girl goes to visit her grandfather but winds up in a magic toy world where she befriends a blue steam engine named Tommy.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Eddie Murphy returns as shy, slovenly Professor Klump and his abrasive alter ego Buddy Love. The alter-ego theme didn't serve Jim Carrey well in "Me, Myself & Irene." But the lure of Eddie Murphy playing a variety of Klumps while co-starring with Janet Jackson may prove irresistible.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

What Lies Beneath

Longtime happily marrieds Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer think their house could be haunted � and that the poltergeist is the ghost of a dead student with whom Professor Ford had a fling.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Pokemon the Movie 2000

Do we really need six new Pokemon creatures to enhance the old gang led by Ash and Pikachu? Lots of young voices emphatically shout that we do. Parents may want to check their kids into one auditorium while they seek refuge in another. That's one reason God created multiplexes.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

X-Men

Director Bryan Singer brings the popular comic-book superheroes to life. The cast includes Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Anna Paquin.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Kid

Bruce Willis plays a successful but shallow image consultant who's visited by a kid who represents Willis' character as an 8-year-old. The kid unsparingly tells the older Willis what a disappointment he is as an adult. After all, the child is father of the man � or something like that.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Scary Movie

Keenen Ivory Wayans directs Shannon Elizabeth in a spoof of horror films.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

The Patriot

The battle scenes offer a new, grander dimension thanks to digital effects, but the screenplay seems reminiscent of many a war movie or Western. Gibson plays a South Carolina landowner who refuses to enlist because of his seven motherless children and a haunting memory of the French

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and Indian War. When he sees the British harm his own family, he organizes a militia that terrorizes the enemy. Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") directed with vigor, and the John Williams score heightens the drama.

� Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Perfect Storm

The wind-whipped sea plays the biggest part in this suspense-filled, tragic tale. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg are along for the wet ride.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Me, Myself and Irene

Jim Carrey stars in the dual roles of a meek, milquetoast-y state trooper and his menacing, "Dirty Harry"-ish alter ego in this outrageously crude � and unfunny � split personality comedy from the guys who brought you "There's Something About Mary." Renee Zellweger gets to play the third part of the title.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Chicken Run

From the creators of "Wallace and Gromit" comes this animated tale of hens who stage a great escape from the frying pan. Voices include Mel Gibson, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks and Joan Plowright.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Gladiator

Director Ridley Scott's latest is a supremely atmospheric film that shrewdly mixes traditional Roman movie elements with the latest computer-generated wonders. Intensely masculine actor Russell Crowe is commanding as the heroic gladiator Maximus. But the movie � too long at a full 2 1/2 hours�is not as nimble outside the arena as inside. With Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Connie Nielson, Djimon Hounsou and, in his last screen role, Oliver Reed.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Gone in 60 Seconds

Nicolas Cage as a retired car thief lured back in the business when given the ultimatum, steal 50 priceless cars in 24 hours or we'll kill your brother. It all goes to show that they don't make classic cars � or car chases � like they used to. With Giovanni Ribisi and Angelina Jolie.

� Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.